Saturday, November 04, 2006

Steven Pinker on higher education

Steven Pinker thinks Harvard's new curriculum could be tweaked a little: Less Faith, More Reason

1. Adding an ethical tint to the study of science and technology misses the point that the pursuit of knowledge is a good thing in and of itself. "[S]cience courses should aim to be more than semester-long versions of “An Inconvenient Truth.” "
2. The "Reason and Faith" requirement is a U.S.-centric way to look at religion. "It is an American anachronism, I think, in an era in which the rest of the West is moving beyond it. "

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